This Week in PLOS

Isolation can lead to detectably shorter telomere lengths in African grey parrots, according to a PLOS One study. An Austrian team used quantitative real-time PCR to measure telomere lengths in red blood cells from dozens of grey parrots ranging in age from less than one-year-old to 45-years-old that had been housed in captivity alone or with another bird.

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An opinion piece in the Guardian argues that President Donald Trump is uninterested in science and that might not be a bad thing for the field.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the Veterans Affairs Health System is studying whether genetic testing can help prescribe better depression therapies.

Stat News reports that Spark Therapeutics' Luxturna is now being used to treat a wider array of patients.

In Genome Biology this week: transcription factor use among brittle stars, single-cell RNA sequencing strategy, and more.